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Specific Learning Disorder

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Dyscalculia; Dysgraphia; Dyslexia; Learning disabilities

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The current chapter reviews and integrates conceptual and empirical research on specific learning disorder (SLD), including the following core topics: the definition and diagnostic criteria for SLD; its comorbidity with other disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; its etiology; common practices for assessment and diagnosis; various domains of functioning such as academic, behavioral, and socioemotional adjustment; and major directions for intervention. This chapter uniquely focuses on adolescents with SLD, considering that trajectories are set during adolescence and young adulthood that can lead to difficulties in adulthood.

Introduction

Specific learning disorder (SLD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in children and adolescents, with 5–15% prevalence rates across different languages and cultures (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental DisordersDSM-5, American...

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Al-Yagon, M., Margalit, M. (2018). Specific Learning Disorder. In: Levesque, R.J.R. (eds) Encyclopedia of Adolescence. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-33228-4_806

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